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 A Key Reminder


 Members of the Great Neck Road Elementary School SADD Club created key chains that convey a message about making good choices when driving.

While students in the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2016 prepared for the upcoming prom and graduation events, members of the Great Neck Road Elementary School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club created special key chains for the seniors to serve as a reminder for them to make good choices when driving.

During their meeting on April 7, club members used markers, colored pencils and stickers to decorate key chains that had a symbol of a “stop hand.” On the key chains, they wrote messages to discourage high school students from texting and driving and drinking and driving. Once the key chains were laminated, they were attached to a letter from the club, advising the recipient to be safe, make good choices and know that they are viewed as a role model.

Coordinated by SADD Club advisers Lissette Persico and Adrienne Mahoney as well as members of the prom committee, high school students will receive a letter and keychain when they purchase their ticket for prom. Some club members will have the opportunity to hand-deliver their key chains to an older sibling or family member who attends the high school.

Baskets Towards Better Health

Photo(1)Copiague Middle School students participated in the school’s Hoops for Heart fundraiser event with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

Copiague Middle School students demonstrated their commitment toward leading a heart-healthy lifestyle when they participated in the school’s annual “Hoops for Heart” event.

Hoops for Heart is a national fundraising program sponsored jointly by the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America and the American Heart Association. Through the program, students raise funds for the AHA while participating in activities that promote physical fitness.
During their physical education classes, students hit the courts to practice their dribbling and shooting skills as well as completed a basketball-themed obstacle course. To signify their participation, they wrote their name on a dog sticker and placed it on the bulletin board titled “The Heart Healthy Pack.” The goal of the event was to increase awareness about heart disease and related illnesses, as well as raise money for research, prevention and education programs.

Through their collective efforts, the students raised nearly $5,000 for the American Heart Association.





sss23 Foot Great White Shark dubbed “TRUMP” in captivity.

As reported yesterday by copiaguenews.com a 23 foot Great White shark was caught and is being held at Copiague’s Tanner Park. www.copiaguenews.com was the only media company there and now there are various media outlets claiming the “exclusive”. For the LATEST updates please register at www.copiaguenews.com.  It is FREE and takes 15 seconds. Thanks and we’ll see you inside.

23 Foot Great White Shark Captured in Copiague NY.

ws-100204-3This 23′ Great White Shark caught today in Copiague, NY Tanner Park where it is being held captive.

Copiague, NY. A 23 foot Great White shark was captured today in Copiague, NY. Town of Babylon Marine Enforcement, The US Coast Guard, 4 local Fire Departments and the Suffolk County Police Department successfully captured the beast and is now holding it captive at Tanner Park which is located on the South Shore of Long Island on the Great South Bay. As depicted in the bestselling novel Jaws by Peter Benchley and the subsequent blockbuster film by Steven Spielberg Great White sharks are man eaters responsible for the largest number of reported and identified fatal unprovoked shark attacks on humans. Marine biologist Anthony Rienkowsi believes that the animal entered the bay from the breach on Fire Island left by super-storm Sandy. Rienkowsi also claims that there is no logic to the animal being in this location especially with such cold water temperatures. The Shark nicknamed “Trump” by the locals will be held at the town beach until members of the Riverhead and NY Aquarium decide how, when and where they will safely re-locate it.


Copiague Basketball Star Scores 1500 PointsCopiague Moore 1500 Points

            During the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School annual winter sports awards dinner, senior and captain of the girls’ varsity basketball team Mikaiya Moore was presented with an award basketball for scoring her 1,500-point basket during a competitive game against Sachem East in February.

Bellone  Announces Catholic Health Services as Medal of Honor Title Sponsor of 2nd Annual Suffolk County Marathon and Freedom Fest         steve      Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced that Catholic Health Services (CHS)  has been named as a Medal of Honor title sponsor for the 2nd Annual Suffolk County Marathon and Freedom Fest which will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2016.  The announcement was made at the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.

“I am proud that Catholic Health Services has joined us once again in our efforts to enhance local veteran services and programs throughout Suffolk County by becoming the title sponsor of this year’s marathon, half marathon and newly created 5k race.” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.  “We thank CHS for their continuous commitment to our local veterans as they played an integral role in last year’s event, which drew more than 3,500 runners. With their support, we expect those numbers to grow this year.”

“As the largest faith-based health system on Long Island, Catholic Health Services was honored to serve as race medicine provider for the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon last year,” said Alan D. Guerci, MD, President and CEO of Catholic Health Services. “Last year, CHS’ medical team included nearly 100 health professionals who ensured the well-being of more than 3,500 marathon participants. This year, we expect the event to be even larger and we are enthusiastically looking forward to our expanded role as both title sponsor and medical care provider.”

“Hunter EMS Ambulance is currently designing the EMS plan for the 2016 race, modeled after the successful strategic layout from the Inaugural Marathon,” said Dan Leibowitz, president of Hunter EMS Ambulance.  “The joint efforts from the volunteer ambulance and fire departments along with the many police agencies, Catholic Health Services, Progressive Emergency Physicians and Hunter EMS proved that Suffolk County has the ability to utilize all of its resources to plan and be prepared for large scale events. We look forward working side-by-side with the CHS staff and having an opportunity to celebrate the appreciation that we all have for the Veterans of Long Island.

As a title sponsor, Catholic Health Services will be included on all race related materials and featured in the Finish Line Festival area, and have their logo included on the start/finish race banners, mile markers, and on the front of all participant and volunteer t-shirts.

For the second consecutive year, Catholic Health Services will also be the official medical sponsor of the event and provide medical support to hundreds of runners last year, including medical tent services and field hospital operations.

“As a runner and the president of a large running organization, I know that the key to the success of any race is to make sure the race participants finish the race safely. With CHS on board, we can be sure of that,” said Mike Polansky, president of the Greater Long Island Running Club.

“The marathon is important to me as a veteran because all of the proceeds from the marathon go to assist veteran service organizations right here in Suffolk County,” stated Patrick Donohue, president of Project 9Line. “This county is great to its veterans, and Catholic Health Services’ assistance is another example of that. The money that was raised last year is going to go a long way to help a lot of different veteran organizations. I want to thank Catholic Health Services, County Executive Bellone and the county as a whole for being the best place to be a veteran in the United States.”

The Inaugural Suffolk County Marathon and Half Marathon raised more than $160,000 for local veteran services. County Executive Bellone also announced that 19 local not-for-profit and service organizations have been selected by the Suffolk County Marathon Fund Disbursement Advisory Committee to receive funding designated for veteran services raised from last year’s inaugural event.  Pending legislative approval, organizations will receive notification of their awards on Tuesday, March 22, The grants awarded will range in funding amounts from $2,000 to $23,600.

The Suffolk County Marathon Fund Disbursement Advisory Committee received nearly 50 applications and reviewed each grant application and ranked them based on a certain criteria, such as establishing a set of priorities and developing a list of objectives for veteran needs and services.

For more information on the race as well as sponsorship opportunities, visit www.suffolkmarathon.com, www.facebook.com/stevebellone or www.suffolkcountyny.gov.


Drawing Awareness

Copiague Knights of Columbus PosterThe Copiague Board of Education, members of the Knights of Columbus, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis, art teachers Maria Ostrofsky and Travis White and Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Art Poster Contest winners.

During the Feb. 29 Copiague Board of Education meeting, students Brianna Donovan, Gim Gousse, Madison Sims and Deashia Swan were recognized by the board for their winning entries in the annual Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Art Poster Contest. Additionally, Kevin Rodriguez was honored for receiving honorable mention in the contest.

In front of family and friends, former Grand Knight Bob Waidler and Grand Knight Michael Pagano from the Our Lady of the Assumption Council of the Knights of Columbus presented each student with an award certificate of participation and a gift certificate provided by the Knights. On hand to congratulate the students were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, board members, Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis and art teachers Maria Ostrofsky and Travis White.

The students’ artwork will now move on to the state-level competition.

A Penny Saved is a Penny Raised

Copiague Students Raise $700 for Local Charity

Copiague CMS Penny Wars Fundrasier(From left) Copiague Middle School Assistant Principal Michael Ferretti; Renee Scott, founder and CEO of Stepping Stone Support; NJHS members Ladrea Buffaloe, Nicole Hernandez and Jonathan Angel; Principal Andrew Lagnado; NJHS president Kenia Rodriguez and NJHS advisers Paul Harvey and Francesca Walker.

In an effort to raise money for a local charity while engaging in friendly competition within their school community, members of the National Junior Honor Society hosted a grade-level “Penny Wars” contest.

For an entire week, members of the NJHS collected penny donations from students during their lunch period. The final tally revealed that the sixth-graders contributed the most coins and were deemed the Penny Wars winners. Through their collective efforts, the school raised and donated $700 for Stepping Stone Support, a local organization that provides assistance to families affected by cancer and infertility.

“It was a fun, quick, easy way for the students to get involved in a great fundraiser,” said NJHS adviser Francesca Walker.

The NJHS student executive board and advisers presented Renee Scott, CEO and founder of the Stepping Stone Support, with their monetary donation on March 10.

“I am extremely grateful to the members of the Copiague Middle School National Junior Honor Society,” said Scott. “We are thankful that the funds that they raised will go to help local families affected by cancer during the holiday season. I am proud to call them ‘Survivors’ Little Helpers.’”



A Team of Esteemed Students

Copiague CMS Esteem Team

In an effort to create a better school community, students in the Esteem Team Club at Copiague Middle School, under the advisement of Maria Ostrofsky and Kristen Havdoglous, work together to address anti-bullying and respect issues in their school. With their motto, “Expect Respect,” members participate in various character-building activities to help promote respect among students.


Copiague Schools to Hold Late Kindergarten Registration

Late kindergarten registration for the Copiague Union Free School District will be held at the District Administrative Office located in Copiague Middle School on Great Neck Road from April 26-29, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Children who have turned age 5 on or before Dec. 1, 2016 are eligible to attend school in September 2016. Registration requirements include proof of the child’s age, residence within the boundaries of the Copiague School District and immunizations against polio, measles, rubella (German measles), mumps, diphtheria and hepatitis B. Additional information on immunizations should be requested from the child’s physician. A law enacted in 2008 expands a physical to include a dental health screening.

For registration information, call 631-842-4015, ext. 538. Those who do not plan to register their children at this time should also call school officials to assist in the district’s planning.

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Copiague Board Members “Go to School”

Copiague Board Day at School1Board President Brian J. Sales, trustee Peter Robinson and Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Karen Sheridan observed a second-grade class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School.

Every few years, members of the Copiague Board of Education spend a day traveling through the district, visiting select classrooms to observe students engaged in lessons and activities, during a special Board Day at School.

To begin, board members and administrators observed student arrival procedures at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School and Copiague Middle School. During the course of the school day, they spent approximately 20 minutes immersed in classroom activities with students in grades K-12.

While at the high school, Board President Brian J. Sales and trustee Peter Robinson, along with Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Karen Sheridan, visited earth science, AP literature and English honors classes. As a unit, they traveled to the remaining five schools to observe a myriad of classroom lessons.

Following their stop at the high school, Vice President Laura Gavey and trustee Michael L. Greb, accompanied by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, visited various classes and specials, including physical education and technology, at Deauville Gardens East, Deauville Gardens West, Great Neck Road, Susan E. Wiley and Copiague Middle School.

During their last few classroom visits, board members, who traveled with Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Jeanette Altruda, witnessed a science lesson and ELA readers’ theater presentation.

Copiague Board Day at School2Board trustee Rosemary Natoli enjoyed watching third-grade students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School perform a readers’ theater skit.

A “Key” Role

Cop Key Club MessiahKey Club: Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School sophomore Messiah Reid became the first Copiague Key Club member to be elected Division 2 Lieutenant Governor. He is pictured with his adviser JoAnn Erwin.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School sophomore Messiah Reid recently made school history by becoming the first Copiague Key Club member to be elected Division 2 Lieutenant Governor. In addition to his duties with Copiague’s Key Club, which is the largest in New York State with 158 paid members, he will be in charge of six Suffolk County clubs. Messiah, along with his adviser JoAnn Erwin, will attend the Kiwanis Leadership Training Conference in Albany the weekend of March 18 to receive training in preparation for his new role. The Copiague School District extends its congratulations to Messiah.


Celebrating a Strong Community Connection in Copiague

Community Summit A Copiague Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Bannon (far right) and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta (far left) introduced members of the Class of 2016 top 10.

Continuing their tradition of hosting local community members and politicians for a Saturday morning breakfast and state of the schools, the Copiague School District Board of Education and administration held their annual Community Summit, “Our School, Our Community: A Strong Connection,” on March 5.

“The summit is an opportunity for us to celebrate the success we’ve had, discuss some of the issues we face in the upcoming budget and collaborate on ways we can make things better,” said Board of Education President Brian J. Sales.

During his speech, Sales focused on educational funding and thanked New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre and New York State Sen. Michael Venditto for their efforts in supporting Copiague, including the additional funds they’ve secured for district students and programs. He also discussed the various ways in which the board is connecting with Copiague’s students, including attending Board Day at school and hosting high school students in roundtable discussions.

Overseeing her first summit as superintendent of schools, Dr. Kathleen Bannon focused her “State of the District” address on the multitude of positive academic, athletic and technological accomplishments happening within the walls of Copiague. “I have stood up on opening day and said my philosophy, and everyone’s philosophy here, is ‘if it’s good for kids, it’s good.’ We are very proud that we are focused and moving in that direction.”

Dr. Bannon also discussed the district’s financial future, as well as the need for an increase in state funding in order to maintain its current educational programs. “What we need is an increase in state aid, which can be accomplished by unfreezing the Foundation Aid formula,” she said.

The summit also featured student musical performances, spotlights on elementary, middle and high school clubs and an introduction of the Class of 2016 top 10 students. To conclude the morning program, attendees participated in a school community input activity to elicit feedback on ways the district can best promote its programs to the community.

In addition to Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre and Sen. Venditto, legislators in attendance at the summit included Town of Babylon Supervisor Richard Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Councilman Thomas Donnelly and Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature DuWayne Gregory.

Community Summit BThe Copiague School District hosted its annual Community Summit for community members and local politicians. Pictured from left: Town of Babylon Supervisor Richard Schaffer, Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature DuWayne Gregory, New York State Sen. Michael Venditto, Copiague Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, Town of Babylon Councilman Thomas Donnelly, and Town of Babylon Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez.
Community Summit CMembers of the Deauville Gardens West Elementary School student council showcased their club activities during the Copiague School District’s annual Community Summit.

Copiague Theater Students Take the Stage

Copiague HS Musical1Copiague HS Musical2 Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School student-actors performed “Young Frankenstein.”

Congratulations to the talented Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School cast and crew on their sensational performance of “Young Frankenstein,” performed on March 3-5.

Based on the 1974 comedy film “Young Frankenstein,” the musical was created by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Brooks. As a parody of the horror film genre, the play follows the story of Frederick Frankenstein, pronounced “Fronkensteen,” after he inherits a castle in Transylvania containing characters Igor, Inga and Frau Blucher. Upon discovering the secret entrance to his grandfather’s laboratory, Frederick decides to carry on the family experiments and creates a monster of his own.

“Every year we are just blown away with the talent we have here in Copiague and this year was no exception,” said musical director Gina Occhigrosso. “We are so proud of the way our students dedicated their energy and passion to making this year’s performance come together and kept us laughing all the way.”